I have a feeling these questions have come up before, so forgive me and move along if you've already heard them..... 1. Is it good or bad to have tons of non-medical ECs? I like to think of myself as very involved (leadership in two clubs, newspaper, and I recently started teaching dance lessons), but all this stuff definitely detracts from the time I could be spending doing application-boosters. Will it look like I don' t care about medicine if my ECs are unrelated? It's not that I don't want to do them, I just haven't had the time or opportunity... 2. Do you suppose, hypothetically, if a student had dealt with some kind of mental illness, it would be good or bad to mention it? (Like depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc) If it impacted your grades, it would make up for it, but at the same time it would make you seem unable to handle stress, right? So what's the verdict? Thanks all!